Five tips for adding protein to your diet to fuel your busy day.
It’s probably pretty clear by now that I am very passionate about eating foods that serve a dual purpose. Of course, I want it to be delicious. That’s a given. But I also want it to provide me the maximum possible nutrition.
As I’ve mentioned several times over recent weeks as part of my partnership with The Milk Life Campaign, I am a huge fan of nutrient-rich dairy. Whether it’s milk, cheese or yogurt, you can bet on me eating it every single day to fuel my busy life. From breakfast to dessert and everywhere in between, here are five ways I incorporate dairy into my diet to give me the energy I need as a busy working mom:
Start The Day Right: Breakfast is vital to the success of the rest of my day. If breakfast doesn’t happen, I end up tired, hungry and fighting off a headache within a couple hours. Six days a week I head to the gym right after I drop my oldest at preschool. By adding at least one or two servings of dairy to my breakfast, I know I’ll have protein and nutrients to get in a great workout. Try adding yogurt to your smoothies, preparing oatmeal with milk or adding cheese to your egg bakes.
Eat Yogurt at Lunch: Whenever I make a pot of soup or stew, I always freeze leftovers for a quick weekday lunch. Inevitably, I always top it off with a dollop of plain yogurt to give it another boost of protein and a cool, creamy texture to balance the heat. Whether it’s Chicken Tortilla Soup, Turkey & Bean Chili or Turkish Red Lentil, almost any soup or stew tastes better finished with a little plain yogurt. As a bonus, the extra dollop of yogurt is an easy way to squeeze in a little more protein.
Sneak Milk Into Your Coffee Break: Every afternoon I take a break for myself to get a caffeine boost either at home or at a local coffee shop when I’m working outside of the house. Whether it’s half and half in my Americano or an unsweetened latte made with milk, I am always finding ways to sneak in more dairy. In addition to caffeine, which keeps me awake and energized throughout the late afternoon, an 8-ounce serving of milk provides B vitamins for energy.
Serve Meat with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce: Cuisines from all over the world use cucumber yogurt sauces to balance out savory dishes. Greek Tzatziki is the ideal topping to charred, grilled meats. Indian Raita lends a cool, creamy sauce to helps balance spicy Indian curries. For a Middle Eastern flair, try Cucumber Laban made with lemon, garlic and mint.
Milk for Dessert: Growing up, we rarely had dessert after dinner. We did, however, frequently make Mexican Licuados made with three simple ingredients: milk, fruit and sugar. This frothy, creamy drink traditionally served by street vendors in Mexico is the ideal way to end the day. By making a dessert from wholesome ingredients like milk and fruit, you can serve your kids a sweet treat you won’t feel guilty about. Win win, right?
What are your favorite ways to add protein to your diet to fuel your busy day? I would love to hear from you!
Disclosure: This recipe is in partnership with Milk Life. Thank you for supporting the brands that make The Lemon Bowl possible. All thoughts are my own.